Golf is a male-dominated sport, but Michelle Wai has achieved great heights in it and is one of the top female professional golfers. She is from America and plays in the LGPA Tour. She got qualified for the USGA amateur championship when she was 10-year-old which made her the youngest player to do that. She is also the youngest champion of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest player who qualified for an LGPA event. She started her professional career in 2005, and at that time, she had a massive number of endorsements and fame. She has won only one major championship till now, which was the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014.
Michelle was born on 11th October 1989 in Hawaii. Her full name is Michelle Sung Wie West. Her parents are immigrants from South Korea as she is their only child. Her father worked at the University of Hawaii as taught the subject of Travel Management, and her mother was an amateur gold champion from South Korea. She was also a participant in the Miss Korea Beauty Contest. At her birth, she was having dual citizenship of the US as well as South Korea, but in 2013 she got Citizenship of South Korea. She completed her graduation from a school situated in Honolulu in 2007. She started attending Standford University in 2006 but couldn’t play for its Golf Team as she was not eligible for it according to the rules of the NCAA. She completed her educated in 2012 and majored in Communications.
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She started Golf playing at the age of4and her aim always was to become a professional golfer. With her hard work and determination, she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links when she was 10 years old which made her the youngest player to do that. She won both the Jennie K. Wie won the Hawaii State Open with 13 shots in 2003. In June, she won the Women’s Amateur Public Tournament.
In the year 2004, she got a sponsor’s exemption at the Sony Open held in Hawaii in 2004, and she was the youngest player to achieve that and participate in a PGA Tour event. She was not even 18 when she turned professional, which allowed her to take part in limited LPGA Tour Events only. Her first professional event was the LPGA World Championship. She was disqualified from the event as she signed an incorrect scorecard. She got great success in her career and won her 4th LPGA Tour Event in 2014 along with the U.S. Women’s Open.
Michelle announced in the year 2019 that she was engaged and was planning to marry Jonnie West. Jonny is the Director of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors. He is also the son of NBA Superstar; Jerry West. They got hitched in a private marriage ceremony in 2019 at Beverly Hills, California. They both also have a daughter named; MakennaKamaleiYoona West.
Wai’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million.